Saturday, January 16, 2010

How to Make Happy New Year happy all year long. Advice from Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Brueck

This can be a challenging objective:

It seems as though many bygone years of good intentions have fallen by the wayside. It seems fewer and fewer people are making “New Year” resolutions.

But I have made one and can’t wait to share it with you!


We have all heard of the obesity epidemic - the term "couch potato". The truth is, it is NOT a mirage. It is real.

Put simply, the choice to exercise or not is entirely yours!

There are so many advantages to exercising, such as:

  • 27% reduction in strokes,
  • 50% reduction in death,
  • 40% reduction in high blood pressure;
  • it can also reduce the risk of recurrent breast cancer by 50%,
  • the risk of colon cancer by 60%,
  • the risk of Alzheimer’s by 40%
  • and get this, it can even lower depression as effectively as Prozac.

You may gain all of these health benefits along with getting a “lean, mean-machine body".

Is their any doubt about the value of exercise?.

I think the benefits are obvious but the real question is, what you have to do to get these benefits. You can go to the government website online at: and the recommendations include the following:

  • At least 2 and a half hours of moderate intensity or 1hr15min of vigorous intensity-aerobic activities should last at least 10 minutes

  • Additional health benefits accrue to those who double the amount above

  • Muscle strengthening of major muscle groups at least 2 times a week

  • Moderate activity can include ballroom and line dancing, biking on level ground, walking, tennis (doubles)

  • Vigorous activity is singles tennis, heavy gardening such as digging holes or hoeing, and race walking

But the real debate - the real question is, "Is more better?"

Dr. Paul Wilhorim studied 100,000 runners over 20 years. He has been shunned by some in the medical community, but his research is impressive.

He feels that, by exceeding the federal guidelines, you can reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, glaucoma, diabetes and other diseases by 70%.

On the flip side some doctors feel “excessive” exercise can lead to injury. Excessive exercise can induce the release of stress hormones which can dampen the immune system.

No easy answer, but one thing is for sure, the right amount of exercise CAN lead to a healthier and more productive life.

Fort Myers, FL, cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert J. Brueck, deals with issues
of obesity-related plastic surgery procedures on his web site.
Visit for more information.

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